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Continuous Improvement Specialist

  • April 30, 2023
  • Full-Time
About Advanced Heat Treat Corp.

Advanced Heat Treat's vision is Exceeding Customer Expectations with UltraGlowing Results! With our 40+ years of heat treat experience and 20+ services, we've helped solve part problems that have impacted agricultural equipment, commercial airplanes, vehicles and much more! From the jobs of a small machine shop to a multi-million dollar aerospace project, we find solutions.

AHT has four strategically located facilities: two in Waterloo, Iowa; one in Monroe, Michigan; and one in Cullman, Alabama. We offer the highest standards of quality-ISO/TS16949, FFL and NADCAP certified. AHT offers its UltraGlow® surface treatment processes for engineered steel, cast iron, stainless steel and titanium parts. AHT is recognized as a worldwide leader in the heat treat market.

Continuous Improvement Specialist

If you are motivated to be part of a values-driven company, are a proven Continuous Improvement professional, and like working in a fast-paced environment of a smaller (but more nimble) organization, join our team as our Continuous Improvement Specialist! You would be working for a family-owned business with a very friendly atmosphere in one of our Waterloo, Iowa locations, but will get to regularly travel to our out-of-state locations as well (Monroe, Michigan and Cullman, Alabama).

  • Administers the deployment of AHT's continuous improvement program and lean initiatives throughout the organization and at all facilities by leading, directing, supporting, coordinating, training and promoting that philosophy by utilizing Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing, 6 Sigma and/or Value Stream Mapping activities
  • Strategizes to help set yearly program goals and is responsible for making sure the goals are met
  • Tracks data and maintains records of continuous improvement activities
  • Presents on continuous improvement to the management team quarterly
  • Leads facility continuous improvement champions in coordinating individual facility improvement actions
  • Provides hands-on support to all departments to truly understand improvement needs and implement changes
  • Will learn by doing various production processes throughout the organization to connect improvement opportunities to help drive success
  • Works with Plant Managers to ensure continuous improvement activities are being promoted throughout their facility and to provide design inputs for shop floor rearrangements, equipment design and equipment capacities
  • Design and help implement tooling to meet customer needs using CAD software

  • Bachelor's degree in manufacturing engineering, manufacturing engineering technology, industrial engineering, and/or 2 plus years of proven continuous improvement leadership experience
  • Six Sigma certification preferred

  • Highly organized and self-motivated with effective time management skills. Project self-confidence, enthusiasm, and a positive "can do" attitude
  • Strong listening and proven continuous improvement skills
  • Able to successfully solve issues and work to maintain existing systems
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Ability to self-start
  • Judgement- display willingness to make decisions, exhibit sound judgement, and make timely decisions
  • Must have experience using CAD software
  • Committed to AHT Family Values of Passion, Integrity, Teamwork, Service, Loyalty and Professionalism

Why Join the AHT Family?

On top of invaluable knowledge and ground up training, our culture and benefits are pretty awesome!

  • Pay: Competitive pay based on experience and initiative. Your effort and desire determine your success, advancement, and profitability.
  • Benefits: Telehealth, Employee Assistance Program, medical, dental, 401k match and MORE.
  • Quality of Life Benefits: Lucrative PTO structure and paid holidays. After all, making a life is just as important as making a living.
  • Loyalty and Job Security: A committed and productive employee can look forward to a career with us. 53% of employees have been with AHT for 10+ years!
  • Culture: We like to earn a living, but we try to have a little fun in the process... check out our Facebook page to see more
AHT is an Equal Opportunity Provider/ Affirmative Action.

Advanced Heat Treat Corp


Cedar Falls, IA
50613 USA



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